The mathematics is simple; if your calorie intake is lower than your calories burnt, you will lose weight. On the other hand, if your calorie intake is higher and you are not burning fewer calories, then your weighing scale is going to reflect this. In the ideal situation one should be able to eat whatever one likes and then exercise enough to burn it all up. However, these ideal situations are rare.
Exercise is rarely able to keep up with a eat all you want diet plan and this is where keeping a check on your calorie intake steps in. Below are some tips on how to keep the calorie count in your meals on the lower side.
- Grilled over fried – When choosing your foods try and pick on the grilled options instead of the deep fried ones. Grilled chicken offers a much lower calorie count as opposed to fried chicken. This holds true for all other foods too. Deep fried foods absorb high amounts of oil, which is very high in calorie. Grilled foods require a small amount of oil and thus their calorie count is much lower. So grilled fish over fried one and you are able to maintain the taste quotient of the dish while cutting in calories in less than half.
- Add raw salads – When you sit down to eat, add a huge bowl of fresh raw salads to your plate. Consume these first or along with the meal and you will be able to fill up your stomach without bombarding it with calories. Carrots, cucumbers and salad leaves are a great way to add minerals to your diet and also keep the calorie count of the meal on the lower end.
- Low cal alternatives – When baking cakes or cooking dishes with high calorie ingredients, substitute the high calorie item with an alternative low calorie one. So instead of thick cream pick low fat and instead of white flour opt for wheat flour instead. Choosing the low calorie alternative is also in most cases the healthier option and so the benefits are dual in nature.
- White meat over red – If you are a voracious meat eater and cannot think of turning into a vegetarian, at least switch to white meat. Red meat is not only high in cholesterol but also needs to be cooked in a lot of oil. White meats can be served in grilled forms and lightly sautéed too. The benefits of fish are indeed several and if you opt for a nice steamed fish it is much healthier than a succulent fat laden steak and of course much lower in calorie count too.
Remember, even if you are able to cut 100 calories in your diet each day, in a month it amounts to 3000 calories which is the equivalent on one pound. So, do not ignore your diet and focus on areas where you can cut calories. Do not go hungry but instead substitute the healthier and lower calorie option for the high calorie food.